On Friday the Archdiocese said the Rev. Alfred Salanitro has been dismissed from the priesthood and has been returned to the lay state. The 54-year-old Salanitro can never again serve as a priest anywhere in the church.
In December, 2011 a Carter Lake man reported he was sexually abused by Salanitro from 1991-1994, beginning when he was 11 years old while Salanitro was associate pastor of Holy Cross Parish.
The archdiocese notified law enforcement of the allegation. Archbishop George Lucas placed Salanitro on administrative leave from his assignment as pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Bellevue pending the outcome of a preliminary investigation.
Archbishop Lucas and the Archdiocesan Review Board, an 11-member volunteer board of child care experts, law enforcement officials, attorneys, clergy, and mental health professionals that advises Archbishop Lucas on the protection of young people, concluded after a thorough investigation that the evidence met the church’s minimum standard for a credible allegation.
The archdiocese also announced the Rev. Franklin Dvorak was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance that prohibits him from publicly exercising priestly ministry in the church. He is not permitted to celebrate Mass publicly or to administer the church’s sacraments.
In April 2012, the archdiocese received an allegation that Dvorak sexually abused a female student from 1970-1972 when he was a priest in Norfolk. The archdiocese reported the allegation to law enforcement. Archbishop Lucas placed Dvorak on administrative leave pending the outcome of a formal inquiry into the allegation.
The 69-year-old Dvorak has been instructed not to wear clerical attire or to present himself publicly as a priest. Dvorak is expected to dedicate his life to praying for victims and repenting of his past offenses. Dvorak is able to retain his clerical status.